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serving personnel and veterans.
"To get the best results we need partici-
pation by as many ADF personnel as pos-
sible," Prof McFarlane said.
The three MilHOP studies provide
every ADF member the opportunity to
participate. The Census study is aimed at
members who have already served in the
MEAO, while the Prospective study looks
to those deploying to the MEAO over the
next two years. Some participants in the
Prospective study will also be invited to
provide additional information through
physical tests. The Health and Wellbeing
survey invites participation from those not
eligible for the other two studies, ensur-
ing all aspects of ADF military service are
Information about the MilHOP studies is available
from the CMVH website at www.cmvh.org.au,
or you can contact the Research Team on 1800
886 567, or by email at email@example.com
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TWO recent directives from CDF ACM Angus
Houston and Defence Secretary Ian Watt have been
released to provide guidance on payroll remedia-
Joint Directive 001/2010 sets out the specific
responsibilities of the Task Force and provides direc-
tion concerning procedural compliance with existing
Joint Directive 012/2010 details the key responsibil-
ities and accountabilities for the delivery of personnel
and pay administration support to Defence personnel
on operations and exercises, overseas or in Australia.
The new directives follow the establishment of the
ADF Payroll Remediation Task Force announced by
the Government on February 2.
"The function of the Task Force will be to rectify
current deficiencies in the ADF payroll system and to
accelerate the introduction of an improved pay system,"
according to Government information.
The Task Force has initially focussed on identifying
and remediating process failures that resulted in issues
for deployed ADF members.
Since March 2010, the Task Force has undertaken
and observed the following:
More than 7000 records checked. The Task Force
continues work with Joint Operations Command, the
Services and members to resolve issues.
International Campaign Allowance overpayments
greater than $2000 trending down.
Many previous overpayments due to administrative
failures when ceasing member entitlements on return
to Australia. Process gaps are being remediated.
A payroll inspection team deployed in a monitoring
and assurance role and to remediate process failures
identified in the MEAO. It remains the responsibility
of all members to ensure that the pay and allowances
paid each fortnight reflect their circumstances.
The Task Force is developing the Payroll Assurance
Framework to enable more robust controls and to
enforce greater visibility and accountability in payroll.
It is expected that payroll processes will be simpli-
fied, standardised, optimised and synergised across the
Services and support organisations.
Permission to Inquire
The Task Force has observed that many members
are not aware of the Permission to Inquire facility.
The Permission to Inquire process enables access
to Privacy Act protected information (such as a mem-
ber's pay record) by third parties, such as a spouse or
Members are encouraged to complete the
Permission to Inquire form (AD214) prior to deploy-
ment overseas. This will ensure that the nominated
person will have visibility of, and can act on, issues
relating to a member's pay. This will greatly reduce the
stress and anxiety placed on families when pay issues
For information on the Permission to Inquire process, call
1800 DEFENCE (1800 333 362).
By Sue Treloar
THE Military Health Outcomes Program
(MilHOP) studies have been on the move
Researchers from the Centre for
Military and Veterans' Health (CMVH)
have visited bases in the Northern
Territory, Queensland, New South Wales
and Western Australia, allowing members
in all three Services an opportunity to fill
out a paper survey instead of the online
The base visits are in response to
members' feedback that email and online
surveys did not reach or suit everybody
entitled to participate in the studies, par-
ticularly those who do not have ready com-
puter access during the working day.
Further visits are planned for those who
have not yet had the opportunity to partici-
pate through a paper survey.
The studies are seeking information
from all members of the ADF on what
past experiences and exposures may have
MilHOP studies on the move
GET INVOLVED: Sailors can still par-
ticipate in the MilHOP studies and are
encouraged to do so.
Take responsibility for YOUR pay!
Each individual has an obligation to ensure that the
pay and allowances paid each fortnight reflect their
circumstances. Personnel are encouraged to check their
Salary Variation Authority regularly.
In line with Defence values, all members have a
responsibility to report any anomalies they discover in a
timely manner through
their chain of command
and/or to their supporting
If you have a deploy-
ment pay issue, and are
still deployed, contact your
in-country or ship adminis-
If you have returned
from deployment and have
a query regarding your
deployment pay, you need
to contact your support-
ing administrative staff,
or contact the nearest
Customer Service Centre in
your location or call 1800
affected their health and how they are
Professor Alexander McFarlane from
the University of Adelaide, lead investigator
for the MilHOP studies, said the informa-
tion gathered in the studies was vital for
Defence to develop the best possible health
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